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Could anyone explain why the use of "to" before the first verb of the list ("leave") is not needed in correct answer?

It is an oversimplified view of cattle raising to say that all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and to drive them to market when the time is ripe.

(A) all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and to
(B) all one has to do with cattle is to leave them alone to feed themselves, to corral them, and
(C) all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves and then corral them and
(D) the only thing that has to be done with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and
(E) the only thing that has to be done with cattle is to leave them alone while they feed themselves, to corral them
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Re: Parallelism: Use of TO in the first verb [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2012, 14:32
'to' is not necessary in correct choice (C). Reason being the meaning of the sentence.

all one has to do with cattle is to leave them alone : this means we wants cattle to leave 'them' (whom?) alone.
all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone : this is correct. This tells that you need to leave the cattle alone.

Rest is simple parallelism.
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Re: Parallelism: Use of TO in the first verb [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2012, 22:17
Also B is NOT Parallel: "to feed themselves, to corral them, and Drive" to is expected after and.
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Re: Parallelism: Use of TO in the first verb [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2012, 23:44
Could you please explain why C is correct? There is no comma before the second "and". And is it correct to use "all one"? My ear was confused with this combination.

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Re: Parallelism: Use of TO in the first verb [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2012, 00:06
JubtaGubar wrote:
Could you please explain why C is correct? There is no comma before the second "and". And is it correct to use "all one"? My ear was confused with this combination.

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nothing wrong with 'all one'....your ears feel wierd coz 'all' cant be 'one'...but the referrants are different here.....all refers to the list of things...'one' is the subject doing those things..

Comma before and comes only while writing a list of three or more....
A, B , and C

option C has a structure like: A and {B and C}....that is there are two separate items...and item 2 has a list within itself that contains only two elements, so comma not required....u can cal this a 'nested list' if u like....these have been explained in MGMAT SC guide in the parallelism chapter i think...
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Re: Parallelism: Use of TO in the first verb [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2012, 00:10
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nothing wrong with 'all one'....your ears feel wierd coz 'all' cant be 'one'...but the referrants are different here.....all refers to the list of things...'one' is the subject doing those things..

Comma before and comes only while writing a list of three or more....
A, B , and C

option C has a structure like: A and {B and C}....that is there are two separate items...and item 2 has a list within itself that contains only two elements, so comma not required....u can cal this a 'nested list' if u like....these have been explained in MGMAT SC guide in the parallelism chapter i think...


Thank you upasanadatta! It is clear for me now!
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Re: Parallelism: Use of TO in the first verb [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2014, 21:44
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Could anyone explain why the use of "to" before the first verb of the list ("leave") is not needed in correct answer?

It is an oversimplified view of cattle raising to say that all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and to drive them to market when the time is ripe.

(A) all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and to
(B) all one has to do with cattle is to leave them alone to feed themselves, to corral them, and
(C) all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves and then corral them and
(D) the only thing that has to be done with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and
(E) the only thing that has to be done with cattle is to leave them alone while they feed themselves, to corral them


Please underline the appropriate section. This can prevent confusion among answer choices.
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Re: Parallelism: Use of TO in the first verb [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2014, 09:34
I think most of the people have selected option B instead of C, because question is not underlined. I see no other reason: definitely most of the selectors of B were under impression that to is present with drive.

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